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Open Mike

Mike Sheahan, one of the AFL's most respected journalists, hosts Open Mike on Fox Footy, an insightful TV interview series featuring some of the greats of the game and providing viewers with the most in-depth and illuminating footy discussions. The show also works perfectly as an audio product for those catching up on their commute.

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Sandy Roberts: a broadcasting legend reflects on his stellar career

Veteran broadcaster Sandy Roberts has announced his retirement from TV after a career spanning 46 years and more than 1100 VFL / AFL games. In a special extended Open Mike, he reflects on a career that saw him play a central role in eight Summer Olympics, three Winter Olympics, tennis, golf and racing alongside AFL.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

52mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Stevie Johnson: the truth behind the "Just call me 'Norm'!" story

One of September's greatest performers, the mercurial Stevie Johnson, sits down with Mike to discuss his sparkling career.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

10 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Open Mike: Brendon Gale

Richmond was a basket case when Brendon Gale started as a player in the late 1980s. The situation was much the same when he became the club's chief executive in 2009. In 2017, the Tigers completed their most successful home-and-away season since 1995, finishing third with 15 wins. Gale discusses it allSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #3

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Open Mike: Mike Fitzpatrick

After winning three flags at Carlton, the Rhodes Scholar Mike Fitzpatrick sat on the AFL Commission throughout all the big issues of the past decade in football: the Essendon supplements saga, Ben Cousins and the expansion clubs.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

15 May 2018

Rank #4

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Ray McLean: Leading teams to greater glory

Credited with the turnaround of leadership standards in the AFL, Leading Teams' Ray McLean joins Mike.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Open Mike: Hannah Mouncey

Hannah Mouncey made headlines after being ruled ineligible for selection in the 2017 AFLW Draft. The transgender footballer makes her case again and opens up to Mike on her very personal journey away from the footy ground.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

29 May 2018

Rank #6

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Open Mike: Dustin Fletcher

Dustin Fletcher started his AFL career as a shy, spindly 17-year-old schoolboy. It was to be 23 years before he finished the longest career in VFL/AFL history. He finished with 400 games, 2 Premierships and a best and fairest at the BombersSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

5 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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Brendon Goddard: from a Saint to a Bomber

Over 330 games for St. Kilda and Essendon, Brendon Goddard was named All-Australian twice but despite his best effort, a premiership eluded himSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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"I knew there was no stage five" - champion golfer Mike Allen speaks to Mike

Not many people diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer feel ‘unbelievably lucky’, but former golfer and popular radio personality Mark Allen does. The 50-year-old recently had surgery to remove 70 per cent of his rectum, after undergoing an operation to remove 18 per cent of his lungs earlier this year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

29 May 2019

Rank #9

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Open Mike: Bob Murphy

Writer, rock n roller, 300-game player, club captain, rascal, Bob. Mike Sheahan has a yarn with legendary Western Bulldog Robert ‘Bob’ Murphy including missing out on that drought-breaking 2016 Premiership.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Scott Cummings: the champion forward on "the darkest period of my life"

The Coleman Medalist in 1999, Scott Cummings kicked 349 goals in 128 games for four AFL clubs - including a bag of eight on debut.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

20 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Open Ben: Mike Sheahan

Player Takeover continues on Fox Footy with one of the competition’s finest swapping his boots for the clipboard. North Melbourne full-forward Ben Brown takes aim at award winning journalist and AFL life member – Mike Sheahan. Don’t miss ‘Open Ben’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

11 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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Moore vs Dench - a rivalry that defined football in the 1970s

Two of the best players of their era, Kelvin Moore and David Dench sit down with Mike to discuss their careers and rivalries throughout their era.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

7 May 2019

Rank #13

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Rodney Eade: Rocket was an expressive coach - will he open up to Mike?

Mike is joined by four-time premiership player Rodney Eade, who after a glittering playing career then coached 377 games of AFL football with a premiership eluding himSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Open Mike: Shaun Rehn

In Grand Final week, two-time Premiership hero Shaun Rehn opens up on a successful career battling both mental and physical challenges along the way.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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Open Mike: Paul Connors

Paul Connors is the AFL's Jerry Maguire ... a young, starry-eyed player manager who built an empire from a hope and a prayer. Paul Connors had to sell his house to start his business ... and ended up with clients named Judd, Hodge, Dangerfield, Naitanui, Hurley, Sydney's Josh Kennedy and the $9 million man, Josh KellySee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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Open Mike: Justin Madden

Standing at 206cm, Justin 'Harry' Madden played 332 games, won two premierships and later became a state minister - all with a smile on his face. Big Harry has a laugh in this edition of Open Mike.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

1 May 2018

Rank #17

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Open Mike: Danny Southern

From 1990's Bulldogs hard man to jet-setter and Islam convert - Daniel Southern has lived a life. He tells Mike Sheahan all about it in this return of Open Mike.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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Open Mike: Mark Brayshaw

The rollercoaster that is having three sons in the AFL at the same time is an emotional one. Mark Brayshaw, father of Angus, Andrew and Hamish, is on that ride and joins Mike Sheahan on Open Mike.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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Open Mike: Merv Keane

Merv Keane is a three-time Premiership player and part of Richmond's Team of the Century. Tragically, Merv suffered incomprehensible personal loss in 2017. He sits down with Mike to tell his story.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #20